September 8th, 2009
05:22 PM ET
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Pawlenty to campaign in Virginia on Wednesday

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's political road show continues on Wednesday, when the potential 2012 presidential candidate travels to Virginia to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell.

Last week, Pawlenty campaigned with Republican Chris Christie in New Jersey, the only other state with a governor's race this year.

Pawlenty will host a fundraiser before appearing with McDonnell at a joint press conference in Richmond, his campaign said Tuesday. He'll then travel solo to Fredericksburg and Alexandria to stump for the former state attorney general.

The two men met previously through the Republican Governors Association, but tomorrow's trip will mark the first time Pawlenty has campaigned in Virginia since announcing he would not seek a third term as Minnesota governor.

Pawlenty becomes the latest national figure to campaign for McDonnell, and one of several possible 2012 contenders lending a hand to the Virginia Republican this year. Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee - two veterans of the 2008 presidential campaign - have both campaigned with, and raised money for, McDonnell.

Pawlenty told CNN's John King on Sunday that his national travels are simply part of his duties as RGA vice-chairman.

"As time allows, I'm going to speak to issues that I think my party needs to improve on, both here in Minnesota and nationally," he said. "I believe that's an important opportunity and responsibility."

McDonnell's controversial 1989 master's thesis - in which he criticized homosexuality and called working women "detrimental" to families - have overshadowed the race over the last week, and his 20-year-old writings have not gone unnoticed in Pawlenty's home state.

Two progressive groups in Minnesota - "The Minnesota Progressive Project" and "Alliance for a Better Minnesota" - have called on Pawlenty to cancel his trip and distance himself from McDonnell's views.

"If Tim Pawlenty even cares anymore what his home state thinks of reactionary ideologues with attitudes like McDonnell's, he would immediately cancel this appearance," The Minnesota Progressive Project wrote in a blog post last week about "Pawlenty and extremist McDonnell."

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Chris Christie • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. JIlli

    If he's running as a comedian, ok. As a serioius candidate for President? BWAAAHHHHHH – that's a good one!!!!

    September 8, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Ken in Gainesville

    Go home you Yankee carpetbagger.

    September 8, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Moe, NY

    Typical republican....Pawlenty of nothing to offer.

    September 8, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Alley

    Republican Pawlenty dances to the tunes of Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh. Enough said.

    September 8, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. Zane

    Republican Pawlenty has had NO SOLUTIONS and has been a baseless and nonproductive Gov. In other words, typical Republican who will say and do anything to capture a vote.

    September 8, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. Rick

    We don't want him.

    September 8, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Brenda

    Loser campaigning for another loser... Why is this news?

    September 8, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. aliousalam

    The choice would be clear in 2012: Between no and get it done.
    What in the h would I pick the partty of no?

    September 8, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. don

    wanna pull plugs on government run programs i.e. medicare and social security .seniors beware of this guy.he raised states fees and yet advocate cut taxes.can u read between the lines?without public option insurance premiums will rise. so what benefit is cutting of taxes and yet high premiums and high state fees. he talks smooths with hidden agenda.

    September 8, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. lyn

    Pawlenty, YES another Palin, you will never be President, so don't waste your time we listen to all the lies and faults rumors that you and the Republicans been spreading around the country this summer trying to brain wash the seniors and others with your lies, we had enough, President Obama is working very hard to help us the poor and all people get Health care. What are you and the Republicans doing to help us, the answer is NOTHING.

    September 8, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Post always rejected by CNN

    He is a disgrace. How he ever got elected should be investigated. If it hadn't been for his miraculous votes pulled out of Minneapolis....he wouldn't have made it...he was so far behind Minnesota was applauding. He has been the worst governor this state has ever seen. I wish he would run for president.....then everything about how inept he is would come out.

    September 8, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Pragmatic

    Do any republican governors ever stay in their own state, doing the job they were elected to do???? After this last election, taking 7 months to seat a Senator, the collapse of that bridge (no taxes = no money to repair the infrastructure) .... this man has noting to offer.

    September 8, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. T Mckinley

    Tim Pawlenty should apologize for slandering the President the other day. His remarks concerning our President's address to our nation's students were absolutely uncalled for.

    This man is unfit to run for the Presidency. I would like to see the Republicans come up with a candidate that has some intelligence and some class.

    This guy apparently has neither.

    September 8, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Georgia

    He is better off campaigning in other states for other people – because they sure can't stand him anymore in Minnesota. He has found a new way to raise taxes in MN – He calls them "Fees"! He also vetoed the states bridge maintenance budget – before the I35W bridge collapse in MN! GREAT JOB!

    Republican's = Incompetence

    September 8, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. Mike from MN

    Go ahead and run Pawlenty....and be humiliated when you lose your own state as well as the election.

    September 8, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  16. Justin (Bloomington, MN)

    Why can't the governor stay in the state and actually do his job? He's being paid $120,303 a year by tax-payers to work for our state, not to go on political fieldtrips.

    September 8, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  17. carlos, that one

    the kiss of death for mc donnell.......andhe is yelling....whose stupid idea was this???????? he'll find out comes election night

    September 8, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |


    Sorry, you'll need to wait for your turn - 2016, at the earliest! Just watch!

    In the meantime, have fun at lake Wobegon! 🙂

    September 8, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  19. Obama Supporter

    Pawlenty 2012

    The community organizer heads back to Chicago and into the arms of Oprah.

    September 8, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
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